12 Tips for Creating Wildlife Habitat at Home
Art by Brian Bryson
- Determine how much space you are willing to devote to wildlife habitat. Be sure to consider all your current uses such as areas for children’s play, pets and other recreation.
- Make a list of wildlife that visit your property and those you would like to attract.
- Provide the elements of good habitat essential to all wildlife – food, water, shelter and space.
- Plant a variety of native trees and other plants to supply year-round nectar flowers, fruits and nuts. Native wildlife are adapted to native plants.
- Limit your use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Avoid planting invasive nonnative plants and slowly replace those in your yard with native species.
- Include plantings for hummingbirds, butterflies and other insect pollinators.
- Ensure water is clean and plentiful.
- Leave standing dead trees and stumps or rotting logs where possible to provide nesting cavities and basking sites.
- Build healthy topsoil by mulching.
- Become inspired by visiting some natural areas managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
- Purchase Planting a Refuge for Wildlife to learn how to create your wildlife habitat.